Going outside has changed. The world is changed.
Cue Galadriel from Lord of the Rings: “I feel it in the Earth…Much that once was is lost.”
When I google “accepting change”, a wiki pops up saying to embrace change, know its inevitability, put it in perspective, and look on the bright side.
Great. Now, how do I do that?
And how does my kid do that?
The second I step into a public place, on comes the face mask.
I’m distracted with how it sticks to my lipstick (ok, chapstick, because seriously what’s the point of wearing lipstick with these things on). I tell myself to just breathe, reminding myself I can breathe as my subconscious brings up memories of asthma.
Embrace change. Know it’s inevitable. Yes, check. Intellectually, I get that.
Putting it in perspective sounds simple enough. This is what helps keep others safe, keeps myself safe.
I remind myself that as I look at others walk by, unable to greet them with a smile or read their emotions. People watching is changed.
Now, look on the bright side.
I have to change the story I’m telling myself. While acknowledging the losses, I need a new story to help inspire me to look on the bright side.
I need a new story to help my son see the bright side.
Channeling the kid in me, I try to recall what inspiring story about using a mask can touch the heart of a kid.
As I fold the laundry, I see the t-shirts my son loves to wear: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Wars, The Avengers. Heroes.
And I found the story.
Going outside is changed. When we go outside, we put on the mask.
Why? Because that’s what heroes do.
There’s the bright side.
Introducing our latest How-To video:
A step-by-step guide on the why and how to wear face masks for toddlers, preschoolers, kids and people of all abilities to promote safety and healthy prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19)!
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– AAC | The Center for AAC & Autism and @taskca
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